Dave Mustaine’s latest rig tour shows he’s made the full switch to Neural DSP’s Quad Cortex

Dave Mustaine 2022 rig
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In a new rig tour video for Seymour Duncan, Dave Mustaine and his guitar tech Brian Jones talk through the Megadeth man’s current live rig.

The clip has been put together to promote Seymour Duncan’s PowerStage 700 – its ultra-clean power amp – which is shown here to be used by Mustaine to send his signal to both the onstage cabs, while offering a direct out to front of house via the True Cab Circuitry speaker emulator.

The other notable feature in the rig is that the frontman and guitarist has now completely switched to Neural DSP’s Quad Cortex processor for his amp tones – leaving behind his previous Axe-Fx setup.

In the footage, Mustaine’s personal guitar tech Brian Jones talks us through the signal chain, which includes a Shure Axient wireless unit, Radial JX44 (a switch box that enables them to quickly swap between different guitars), the Neural Quad Cortex and then Seymour Duncan PowerStage 700, mentioned above.

From there it goes “to the stage and to the kids”. We spotted Loureiro had shifted to the Quad Cortex last fall and following a successful tour, it seems Mustaine’s fully onboard with the processor in his own setup as they tour in support of The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!

It’s not all modeling, though. Megadeth still perform live with a wall of cabs, which – as we know from Kiko Loureiro – include 16 working units.

“Frankly, there’s never going to be a Megadeth show without cabs on the stage,” comments Jones. “And we’re going to have them loud.”

Head to Megadeth’s site (opens in new tab) to view their remaining tour dates.

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Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.